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OIG Audit Determines FHFA Should Direct The GSEs To Require Independent Assurance Of Counterparties’ Compliance

Recently, the FHFA Office of the Inspector General (OIG) concluded that the FHFA can further mitigate the risks posed by Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s reliance on third-party mortgage loan sellers and servicers...more

Freddie Mac Updates Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide

On September 15, Freddie Mac released a bulletin updating portions of Single-Family Seller/Servicer Guide (“Guide”) governing foreclosures and foreclosure alternatives. The updates include changes to the loan modification...more

Freddie Mac Implements FinCEN AML Rules, Updates Other Selling And Servicing Policies

On August 14, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-15, which reminds seller/servicers subject to the AML requirements of the BSA that they are expected to maintain an AML compliance program and are required to report to Freddie...more

Inspector General Report Urges FHFA To Consider Lender-Placed Insurance Suits

On June 25, the FHFA Office of Inspector General (OIG) published a report that urges the FHFA to consider whether to pursue servicers and insurers for alleged lender-placed insurance (LPI) losses. The OIG cited prior...more

Freddie Mac Updates MERS Requirements, Fraud Reporting, Other Selling And Servicing Policies

On June 19, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2014-12, which updates and revises numerous selling and servicing requirements. According to the Bulletin, Freddie Mac has determined that because sellers/servicers will have difficulty...more

OIG Urges FHFA To Sue Over Force-Placed Insurance

The Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) for the Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FHFA”) is urging the FHFA to sue its servicers and lender-placed insurance (“LPI”) providers because Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have suffered...more

Freddie Mac Announces Numerous Servicing Policy Updates

On June 3, Freddie Mac announced revisions to numerous servicing policies, including policies regarding, among other things, short sales and deeds-in-lieu of foreclosure (DILs), the CFPB’s mortgage servicing rules, and...more

How the Great Recession Has Affected Mortgage Securitization, Servicing, and Homeownership

The house price bubble and the financial crisis exposed significant weaknesses in mortgage underwriting, the packaging of mortgage-backed securities (MBS), and the mortgage servicing industry. Over the course of the Great...more

Freddie Mac Withdraws Fraud Training Requirement, Updates Various Selling Requirements

On November 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-23, which withdraws recently announced fraud training requirements and describes various changes to other requirements. Citing the need to assess industry feedback, Fannie Mae...more

Freddie Mac Revises Numerous Selling, Servicing Requirements

On September 24, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-18, which updates and revises certain selling and servicing requirements. Effective October 1, 2013, Freddie Mac will require that seller/servicers (i) provide third-party...more

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac Alter Servicing Incentives

This week, Fannie Mae (SVC-2013-15) and Freddie Mac (Bulletin 2013-14) announced that they are altering certain servicing incentives....more

Freddie Mac Introduces Low Activity Fee, Updates Numerous Seller/Servicer Requirements

On May 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin Number 2013-8, which includes numerous revisions to requirements for sellers and servicers. ...more

New Loan Modification Program Announced! #LoanModAttorney

The Federal Housing Finance Agency, the agency that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, is launching a new loan modification program. The program is something quite different from HAMP and HARP. What is does is make the...more

Freddie Mac Issues Numerous Loss Mitigation Policy Updates

On February 15, Freddie Mac issued Bulletin 2013-3, which provides a series of updates and revisions to its loss mitigation policies. The Bulletin reminds servicers of their obligations with regard to various transfers of...more

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